Archbishop John Nienstedt, who oversees the cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in Minnesota, gave a speech last month that is now starting to make its rounds. It probably would have made a bigger splash if it was anything new, but has become just another religious figure pushing hate of the LGBT community. However, that does not make it any less worthy of being disseminated. In the war for equality it is important that we all stand up and make it heard that equality is a not just a token Right tossed about to quiet various minorities, but something that everyone needs to respect and protect. A few LGBT news sources discussed Nienstedt last year when he attempted to influence Minnesota’s vote on marriage equality here, and when it was made public that he had in the past told a mother to reject the idea of accepting her gay child or risk eternal damnation, here. However, there has been little discussion so far of his presentation this year following the start of gay marriage licenses being given out in Minnesota as of August 1st.
At the Napa Institute conference in early August, Nienstedt discussed the breaking down of families in our society by saying,
“Sodomy, abortion, contraception, pornography, the redefinition of marriage, and the denial of objective truth are just some of the forces threatening the stability of our civilization. The source of these machinations is none other than the Father of Lies. Satan knows all too well the value that the family contributes to the fabric of a good solid society, as well as the future of God’s work on earth.”
He went on to say that all of these problems are being caused by Satan and that it is the will of the devil that we accept these in our society so that he can bring us down. Nienstedt of course doesn’t bring up divorce, which has become a social norm and Jesus actually talked about in Matthew 19, nor does he mention that Jesus never actually talked about many, if any, of those other topics including homosexuality. Therefore it seems that the bishop himself is denying truths as well to fit the narrative that he is trying to push. He’s already shown himself as being unbending in his opinions and it comes as no surprise that someone like him would blame the ills of the world on liberty and equality. Perhaps the entire founding of the United States of America based in the concepts of liberty and equality is just one big plot by the devil? Create a country that values freedom and equal rights, because then everyone will just become a bunch of sinful heathens refusing the teachings of the Church. I’m thinking maybe the Church should spend some time focusing on its own problems and helping those in need, rather than condemning everyone and everything that is remotely different from what 2,000 years of patriarchal homophobic men tried to force on other people.